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Muhammad Ali

1942-01-17 Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Ali was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He began training as an amateur boxer at age 12. At 18, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics and turned professional later that year. He became a Muslim after 1961. He won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a major upset on February 25, 1964, at age 22. On March 6, 1964, he announced that he no longer would be known as Cassius Clay but as Muhammad Ali. In 1966, Ali refused to be drafted into the military, citing his religious beliefs and ethical opposition to the Vietnam War. He was found guilty of draft evasion so he faced 5 years in prison and was stripped of his boxing titles. He stayed out of prison as he appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, which overturned his conviction in 1971, but he had not fought for nearly four years and lost a period of peak performance as an athlete. Ali's actions as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation, and he was a very high-profile figure of racial pride for African Americans during the civil rights movement and throughout his career. As a Muslim, Ali was initially affiliated with Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam (NOI). He later disavowed the NOI, adhering to Sunni Islam, and supporting racial integration like his former mentor Malcolm X. Ali was a leading heavyweight boxer of the 20th century, and he remains the only three-time lineal champion of that division. His joint records of beating 21 boxers for the world heavyweight title and winning 14 unified title bouts stood for 35 years. He is the only fighter to have been ranked as the world's best heavyweight by BoxRec twelve times. He has been ranked among BoxRec's ten best heavyweights seventeen times, the third most in history. He won 8 fights that were rated by BoxRec as 5-Star, the third most in the history of the heavyweight division. Ali is the only boxer to be named The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year six times. He has been ranked the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, and as the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated, the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC, and the third greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN SportsCentury. He was involved in several historic boxing matches and feuds, most notably his fights with Joe Frazier, such as the Fight of the Century and the Thrilla in Manila, and his fight with George Foreman, known as The Rumble in the Jungle, which has been called "arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th century" and was watched by a record estimated television audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide, becoming the world's most-watched live television broadcast at the time. Ali thrived in the spotlight at a time when many fighters let their managers do the talking, and he was often provocative and outlandish. He was known for trash-talking, and often free-styled with rhyme schemes and spoken word poetry, anticipating elements of hip hop.


Tribute to Chuck Wepner: The Legacy and Retirement of the Real Rocky Balboa Self - Archive Footage 2023-02-21
70 Jahre Annemarie Moser-Pröll – Ein Leben als Wintermärchen Self (archive footage) 2023-10-29
Untold: Jake Paul the Problem Child Self (archive footage) 2023-08-01
Franz Klammer – Der Skikaiser wird 70 Self (archive footage) 2023-12-03
STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 2023-01-20
Stand Self (archive footage) 2023-02-03
Cassius X: Becoming Ali 2023-10-13
My Father Muhammad Ali Self (archive footage) 2023-01-13
Behind the Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL Self (archive footage) 2022-09-23
The King of Miami Beach 2022-05-03
McEnroe Self (archive Footage) 2022-07-15
Say Hey, Willie Mays! Self 2022-10-27
Parkinson at 50 Self (archive footage) 2021-08-28
City of Ali 2021-06-04
Pelé Self (archive Footage) 2021-02-23
Mister Candid Camera Self (archive footage) 2021-03-20
Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali Self 2021-09-09
Earnie Shavers 2021-01-01
Ron Lyle Self (archive footage) 2021-01-01
Untold: Deal with the Devil Self - Professional Boxer (archive footage) 2021-08-17
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Self (archive footage) 2021-04-23
Be Water Self (archive footage) 2020-01-25
Da 5 Bloods Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 2020-06-12
Ali's Comeback: The Untold Story Self (archive footage) 2020-01-16
The Kennedy Who Changed The World Self (archive footage) 2019-03-12
Rumble in the Jungle Self 2019-06-01
Thrilla in Manilla Self 2019-06-01
Africa Rising Self - Boxer (archive footage) 2019-06-03
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Self (archive footage) 2019-06-21
Sonny Liston - La vera storia Self (archive footage) 2019-11-15
The Champ and the King Himself 2018-10-11
In Search of Greatness Self (archive footage) 2018-11-02
Black Is Beltza Self (voice) (archive footage) 2018-10-05
Andre the Giant Self (archive footage) 2018-04-10
Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes Self (archive footage) 2018-08-02
Europa: The Last Battle Self (archive footage) 2017-07-12
Muhammad Ali - Rumble in the Jungle Self (archive footage) 2016-06-04
Sticky: A (Self) Love Story Himself 2016-02-14
O.J.: Made in America Self (archive footage) 2016-05-20
Les vendredis d'Apostrophes Self (archive footage) 2015-11-06
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Self (Archival Footage) 2014-01-01
I Am Ali Self (archive footage) 2014-10-10
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Himself (archive footage) 2013-10-04
Legends of Mid-South Wrestling Himself 2013-09-10
The Trials of Muhammad Ali Himself 2013-08-23
Norman Mailer: The American Self 2012-05-18
WWE: Undertaker 20-0 - The Streak Self (archive footage) 2012-07-23
The Real Rocky Self (archive footage) 2011-10-25
Muhammad Ali: Fighting Spirit himself 2009-10-10
When Ali Met Cathal Muhammad Ali 2009-01-05
Facing Ali Himself 2009-05-29
Muhammad and Larry Himself 2009-10-27
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Self 2008-07-18
Soul Power Self (archive footage) 2008-09-04
Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami Himself 2008-06-01
Thrilla in Manila Himself (archive footage) 2008-11-11
James Brown - The Night James Brown Saved Boston Self (archive footage) 2008-04-05
Tyson Self (archive footage) 2008-05-16
Black Power Salute Self (archive footage) 2008-07-09
WWE: Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology Muhammad Ali 2006-10-17
Ali's Dozen Self 2006-12-09
Out From Ali's Shadow: The Larry Holmes Story Self (Archival Footage) 2006-01-01
Darts Tarts – Welcome to my World Self (archive footage) 2006-10-05
Ali Rap Himself 2006-08-06
Legends Never Die Self (archive footage) 2006-06-01
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years Self (archive footage) 2004-01-01
Jack Paar: Smart Television Self 2003-11-29
The Last Round: Chuvalo vs. Ali Himself 2003-04-01
The Documented Life and Times of Muhammad Ali - The Greatest 2002-05-17
Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World Himself 2001-11-19
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration Self 2001-11-13
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Self (archive footage) 2001-01-01
America: A Tribute to Heroes Self 2001-09-21
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible Self 2000-08-17
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme Himself 2000-04-14
Champions Forever - World Heavyweight Champs! Himself 2000-05-17
Muhammad Ali - The Greatest Collection 1999-06-15
Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion Himself 1998-12-08
B.B. King: Live In Africa '74 Self 1998-05-13
The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Self - Roastee (archive footage) 1998-01-01
The Journey of the African-American Athlete Self (archive footage) 1996-02-12
Muhammad Ali The Whole Story Self 1996-09-03
When We Were Kings Self 1996-10-25
Boxing's Greatest Champions 1995-03-27
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing Himself 1995-01-01
Kings of The Ring - History of Heavyweight Boxing 1919-1990 Himself (Archival Footage) 1995-01-01
WCW Halloween Havoc 1994 Himself (Ringside) 1994-10-23
Naked Sport: Welcome to the Sewer Self 1993-05-01
Malcolm X Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 1992-11-18
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest 1991-01-01
Night of 100 Stars III Self 1990-05-21
The Best of ABC's Wide World of Sports: The 60's Self 1990-01-29
Champions Forever Self 1989-11-01
Mike Tyson vs Larry Holmes Self 1988-01-22
Mike Tyson vs Trevor Berbick Self 1986-11-22
Doin' Time Himself 1985-05-19
WrestleMania Referee 1985-03-31
Larry Holmes vs. David Bey (Archive Footage) 1985-03-15
James Bond: The First 21 Years Self 1983-05-27
Muhammad Ali vs. Trevor Berbick Self 1981-12-11
Body and Soul Himself 1981-10-09
Diana Self 1981-03-02
Muhammad and Larry 1980-01-01
Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali Self 1980-10-02
Freedom Road Gideon Jackson 1979-10-29
Leon Spinks vs Muhammad Ali II 1978-09-15
The Greatest Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali 1977-05-17
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III Self 1975-10-01
Funny Girl to Funny Lady Self 1975-03-09
Ali the Man: Ali the Fighter Self 1975-09-01
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Self 1974-04-09
モハメッド・アリ 黒い魂 STAND UP LIKE A MAN Self 1974-01-01
The Fight Himself 1974-01-01
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier II Self 1974-01-28
George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali Self 1974-10-30
The Fighters Self 1974-01-01
Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson II Self 1972-09-20
Black Rodeo Self 1972-05-01
Malcolm X Self (archive footage) 1972-05-24
Money Talks Self 1972-08-30
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier I Self 1971-03-08
Fight of the Century Self 1971-03-08
a.k.a. Cassius Clay Himself 1970-11-03
The Super Fight Himself 1970-01-20
Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson I Self 1965-11-22
Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston II Self 1965-05-25
Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston I Self 1964-02-25
Cassius le grand 1964-12-01
Cassius Clay vs. Doug Jones Self 1963-03-13
Requiem for a Heavyweight Himself (as Cassius Clay) 1962-10-16
Cassius Clay vs. Alonzo Johnson Self 1961-07-22